No Joking! (Well perhaps a little)
There was a lumberjack who lived way out in the Canadian forest. He made a good living felling giant trees with his trusty axe. One day when in the town a chainsaw salesman approached him and tried his best to convince the lumberjack to buy a chainsaw. After a very long conversation the salesmen made a deal with the man. He promised him if the saw didn’t improve his weekly output at least tenfold he would take the saw back and that would be the end of it.
Back in the forest and the lumberjack gave the saw a go. On the first day he cut down three quarters of a normal day’s quota. Not being too discouraged he tried again for a second day with even worse results, on the third day he gave it one more go, he was worn out like never before and failed to fell one tree for the day. Completely disgusted he put the saw away and used the axe for the remainder of the week.
When the salesman returned he was most surprised to see the lumberjack working with the axe. After a brief conversation that conveyed the lumberjack’s disappointment and the salesman’s disbelief the salesman said there must be something wrong with the saw, where is it? The saw was fetched and the salesman proceeded to start it to see what was wrong. It started first pull and the lumberjack yelled at the salesman WHATS THAT NOISE?
In the opening verse of Acts Luke records the final words of Jesus to his disciples (1:1-8). Verse 8 is a familiar verse, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 3:4-6, “We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.
The success of the chainsaw is found in the power of its motor, the success of the Church is only achieved through the power of the Spirit. We have been called, commissioned and empowered by God. Are we familiar with the sound of His voice and allowing the power of the Spirit to work in and through us?